One of our heroes is heading to the police department in the sky as retired Spring Lake Police Sergeant Steven Blecki has been called home.

Spring Lake Police made an announcement on Facebook Friday evening of the "untimely passing" of man beloved by his department and the Monmouth County law enforcement community.

Sergeant Blecki retired from Spring Lake in 2014 where he trained, supervised, supported and "was a great friend of our current and past department members."

"He was a constant presence at many police association events and continued to support Spring Lake even after his retirement. He was a familiar face you can remember from around town, as a D.A.R.E. Instructor, at either of the schools or down at the beachfront.

Sgt. Blecki was always quick with a joke and ready to live life to the fullest.

He will be truly missed."

Blecki graduated from Neptune High School and later from Kean University before beginning his law enforcement career with Avon Police in May of 1988 as a Class I Officer and Dispatcher.

That November he was hired by Long Branch Police as a Dispatcher.

In August of 1989 Sergeant Blecki was hired as a Patrolman with Colts Neck Police where he was a Juvenile Officer, Crime Prevention as well as a D.A.R.E. Instructor.

On April 11, 1994, he was hired by the Spring Lake Police Department.

In 1995 he became the D.A.R.E. Officer for Spring Lake teaching in both H.W. Mountz as well as St. Catharine’s School where he taught for five years.

Sergeant Blecki was also an instructor at the Monmouth County Police Academy.

He was promoted to Sergeant on March 1, 2011.

Even thought he retired in 2014, he continued to protect and serve.

He was a Special Officer Class II with Belmar Police for a summer before returning to school and returned to be a school safety officer with the Ocean Township School System until recently.

"Steve could not even stay away from Spring Lake coming back as a Class II officer last year. On behalf of all of the Spring Lake Police Family we offer our condolences to Sgt. Blecki’s family."

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